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Alabama whitewater, Lively Creek

De Kalb county, State Route 73 to Long Island Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS III+     6.4 miles
  The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often tougher than in other states, so don't forget that rivers here are less forgiving. The State Route 73 to Long Island Creek stretch of Lively Creek in Alabama is 6.4 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class III+ section of whitewater. The natural beauty of Alabama and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream will make you feel great.
    You might be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, around here you'll find a large number of good places. The put-in location is a short drive from Scottsboro, as you can see on the road map further
down. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. Getting some good exercise and just being out on the river for a while will have you coming back for more. There are a few other sections in this river system that can be paddled as well. This is a pretty decent length section, good for a one day  
paddling trip.

Briefly about the general area:
If you're here, you might as well stop by Bryant Gulf. Cloudland Canyon State Park is a tremendous place to have a look at, and Brewer Point is not far at all. This river is so wonderful. Russell Cave National Monument is a good national park; you'll meet a lot of people from Higdon here. Take a hike on the River Mont Cave Historical Trail. At Lively Creek all through the summertime highs are in the 80's. Once the sun is down it drops down to the 60's. Throughout the winter this place gets highs in the 40's, and winter nights come with lows in the 20's to Lively Creek.

Lively Creek, State Route 73 to Long Island Creek road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Lively Creek.
 Whitewater Near Lively Creek:
Lively Creek, De Kalb County, 2 miles away
      Class III+ - 6.4 miles long (State Route 73 to Long Island Creek)
Miller/Long Island Creek, Jackson County, 3 miles away
      Class V - 3 miles long (Rt. 71 to Lake Guntersville)
Warren Creek, Dade County, 4 miles away
      Class -blank- - 6.2 miles long (Highway 301 to Nickajack Lake)
Cole City Creek, Dade County, 7 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 7.2 miles long (Casey Road to Tennessee River)
Flat Rock / Coon Creek, Jackson County, 8 miles away
      Class V - 8 miles long (Rt. 117 to Lake Guntersville)
Coon Creek, Jackson County, 8 miles away
      Class IV-V - 8 miles long (Rt. 117 to Lake Guntersville)
Daniel Creek, Dade County, 11 miles away
      Class V+ - 4.6 miles long (to Bear Creek)
Bear Creek, Dade County, 13 miles away
      Class V - 3 miles long (Highway 129 to Canyon View Road takeout)
Gulf Creek, Dade County, 14 miles away
      Class V+ - 3.65 miles long (Highway 157 to Holder Loop)
Rock Creek, Walker County, 17 miles away
      Class V+ - 2.72 miles long (Lula Lake Road to Chattooga Valley Road)
 Marinas Near Lively Creek:
Hales Bar Resort and Marina, Guild , 12 miles away
Mud Creek Marina, Hollywood , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Lively Creek:
Days Inn Trenton, Trenton , 9 miles away
Comfort Inn Kimball, Kimball , 9 miles away
Best Western Kimball Inn, Kimball , 9 miles away
Super 8 Kimball, Kimball , 10 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Kimball, Kimball , 10 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Lively Creek:
Shellmound, Jasper, 8 miles away
Chattanooga West KOA, Trenton, 8 miles away
Thunder Canyon Campground, Ider, 9 miles away
 Trails Near Lively Creek:
River Mont Cave Historical Trail, Jackson , 11 miles away
Winding Stairs, Franklin , 17 miles away
Skyuka Trail, Dade , 19 miles away
 Public Lands Near Lively Creek:
Russell Cave National Monument, Bridgeport - AL , 6 miles away
Little River Canyon National Preserve, Fort Payne - AL , 25 miles away
Cloudland Canyon State Park, Georgia , 12 miles away
Desoto State Park, Alabama , 24 miles away
James H. Sloppy Floyd State Park, Georgia , 33 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Lively Creek:
Dogwood Hills Golf Club, Flat Rock , 3 miles away
Hidden Valley Golf, Bryant , 5 miles away
Big Sandy Golf Club, Trenton , 6 miles away
 Lakes Near Lively Creek
Nickajack Lake, Marion , 7 miles away
McCallie Lake, Walker , 19 miles away

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